Amari Cooper will be owed $20 million in fully guaranteed money on March 20, 2022. The Dallas Cowboys receiver has a contract that was designed so it allowed the team to get out of the deal after two seasons without much of a salary cap hit. It sounds like the team is going to exercise that option.
Cooper was productive for Dallas this year. Amari pulled in 68 balls for 865 yards and 8 touchdowns. Those aren’t bad numbers considering he missed two games with COVID-19.
The huge guaranteed money may be a bit more than the Dallas front office is willing to pay for that amount of production. The huge salary cap hit brought on by Amari Cooper would severely hamstring improvement in other areas. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has noted that the Cowboys are very likely to cut Cooper before next season.
“Cowboys are “likely” to release WR Amari Copper by the start of the new league year, per league sources. Cooper is due $20 million in fully guaranteed money on the fifth day of the new league year, March 20.”
Cutting Amari Cooper would mean his salary cap hit would only be $6 million. If he stays, that number would rise to $22 million. The Cowboys as presently constructed are over $21 million over the cap and desperately need to trim the fat.
Dak Prescott will have to find another target. The freed-up cap space should help the Cowboys in that regard. Time will tell if the departure of Amari Cooper will set Dallas back too much.
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